Project Title

Art of Adaptation: The Comparison Between the Book and the Film.

Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - English

Faculty Sponsor Name

Anna Weinstein

Abstract (300 words maximum)

ABSTRACT - This study examines the differences between the children’s book, SHREK! (1990), written by William Steig, and the Oscar-winning screenplay Shrek (2001), produced by DreamWorks. This analysis focuses on key strategies the screenwriters used to transform a 35-page illustrated children’s book into a full-length screenplay, which includes developing the plot, adding settings, modifying the protagonist to make him more sympathetic, adding supporting characters and developing their relationships, modifying dialogue, and creating a structure that expands beyond the original story to meet the demands of screen storytelling in Hollywood.

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

How will this be presented?

Yes, synchronously via Teams

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Art of Adaptation: The Comparison Between the Book and the Film.

ABSTRACT - This study examines the differences between the children’s book, SHREK! (1990), written by William Steig, and the Oscar-winning screenplay Shrek (2001), produced by DreamWorks. This analysis focuses on key strategies the screenwriters used to transform a 35-page illustrated children’s book into a full-length screenplay, which includes developing the plot, adding settings, modifying the protagonist to make him more sympathetic, adding supporting characters and developing their relationships, modifying dialogue, and creating a structure that expands beyond the original story to meet the demands of screen storytelling in Hollywood.

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